You often hear members say ‘they are all the same’. Well in this election that simply isn’t true.
We know what the Tories have planned. Another £30bn of cuts at UK level, which probably means about £2bn of further cuts to the Scottish budget. That’s another 30,000 public sector job losses. £12bn of welfare cuts that will mostly hit those at work. And another attack on employment rights to undermine trade union resistance to austerity.
Labour is offering to end Tory austerity and as the IFS have shown, Labour has the best spending plan for doing that. Not all we would want, but a costed plan that, as Gordon Brown set out during the campaign, would bring £800m of spending to relieve our hard pressed public services.
It’s not just the legislative changes that matter. Having a Labour government that listens to and understands the problems facing working people is absolutely vital. Scottish Labour MP’s in government are also much more effective than those who will just shout from the sidelines.
It is simply a fact that only Labour can get rid of the Tories. But to do that you have to vote Labour. Don’t gamble on a coalition deal you can’t vote for and wake up on Friday to Cameron and Clegg in the No10 rose garden planning five more years of austerity